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EU Carbon Plan Overhaul Will Need Qualified Majority Backing

November 22, 2012

A potential overhaul of the European Union’s emissions-trading system will require qualified-majority backing from national governments, according to an official at the EU’s regulatory arm.

Any draft measure in the future to introduce changes to the carbon program design would be considered in an ordinary legislative procedure, which doesn’t need unanimity, Piotr Plizga, a policy officer at the European Commission’s climate department, told a conference in Warsaw today.

The commission floated earlier this month six options to strengthen the EU emissions-trading system in the long term, ranging from deeper emission-reduction targets to price-support mechanisms. Those scenarios are aimed at starting a debate on the future of the bloc’s carbon program and do not constitute a legislative proposal.

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